Moment that mattered: The crucial putt in the Ryder Cup
There were two decisive moments of the Cup – both on the Sunday. The first was Lee Westwood’s putt on the 10th hole playing with Luke Donald against Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. He made that putt to go five up. I think it hurt the USA Team seeing Woods five down and Lee and Luke eventually won that match six and five.
But the key moment was on the 18th green when the Molinari brothers made a birdie for a half to take the overall score to nine and a half to six and a half as opposed to nine to seven. That putt on the 18th really swung the match in our favour.
I was actually praying it was Edoardo to take the putt as he is the better putter, but it was Francesco’s turn. I was inside the ropes at the back of the 18th to see the Molinaris get their half point. I spoke to them straight afterwards and they were delighted. I don’t know if he knew how important that putt was going into the next day but I certainly did.”
Colin Montgomerie was the captain of the 2010 European Ryder Cup team.
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